Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart” (NIV).
Everything I want to say, right now, is premature. It’s making for a lot of short public posts and long private reflections.
As I read further in Psalm 86, I felt compelled to open Psalm 139, as well. It’s not a part of today’s lectionary reading, but don’t worry. That’s OK. We can read other stuff, too. I felt particularly compelled, because a song is running through my mind, but it’s too old and obscure for YouTube, and most of my CDs are packed in boxes, so I figured the next best thing was to sing the song myself and read the Scripture.
Psalm 139:1-6, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (NIV).
David then ponders where he might go to get away from God. Friends… I have been there (and I’ve written about it, found here). But not today. Today I want to make sure I am completely wrapped in God’s presence, although it was incredible to have such posts to which to return, because the grace and mercy and healing that is evident in these pieces of history is astounding.
I’m legitimately sorry for all of the writing in riddles, this week. It’s been quite personal, but I hope there are also some universal truths in which anyone could find some hope. Let me leave you with this:
Revelation 2:3-5, “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first…” (NIV).